Thursday, June 28, 2018

       Big Tent on Hiway 623, south of New Sarepta, AB
     Many wonderful things happened for God's glory!
             Rev. Max with Terry Gaalaas during 1970 CBC TV
          filming of 'Canada's Old Time Preacher Man' for Take 30
         Terry Gaalaas with Pastor Max & Donna Solbrekken after 
         her amazing miracle of healing on Sunday June 24, 2018

    In 1970, CBC TV filmed a Revival Meeting at
the Edmonton Revival Centre and interviewed Pastor Max Solbrekken. One of those giving their testimony was Terry Gaalaas. 
   She had received a miracle in her neck area instead of having surgery. That was the miracle that turned a Lutheran into a fiery Pentecostal. We have that service on a DVD for anyone wanting to receive it. 
    Last Sunday on June 24, at the age of 89, Terry was again blessed of God. Four years ago, she had fallen and badly injuring her pelvis. She has been in pain for four years as well as losing her equilibrium. 
     As I prayed over that woman of God, Jesus our Saviour and Healer took away all the pain and restored her balance. All glory to God our Lord. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

House of Prayer on Highway 623, 
south of New Sarepta, AB
JUNE 23- JULY 1 - 7:00 PM

Peterson Gospel Band

Pastor Max & Herve St. Denis on T.V.
'Theology Made Simple'
Selia Mitanski -Amazing Gospel Singer
Hard drinking  heavy duty mechanic,
Wayne Pratt converted in 1976 while
watching Max Solbrekken on T.V.
 Max Solbrekken's 1968 Newfoundland Crusade.
Great miracles of healing & deliverance brought
many to Christ and great glory to God!
Max Solbrekken at 1998 Gospel Crusade 
in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania. Multitudes were 
touched, saved and healed by the Lord.
Max Solbrekken Madras, India Crusade, 1966
Max & Donna Solbrekken still reaching hurting 
humanity in Jesus' holy and majestic Name!
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

This man is reprehensible': Justin Trudeau's abortion stance draws anger of U.S. right

An ex-Trump adviser, several news organizations and Trump’s favourite Fox News morning show have dumped on Trudeau in a wake of the jobs grants controversy. WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s views on abortion are raising the ire of the U.S. right.

A former Trump White House adviser, several news organizations and the U.S. president’s favourite Fox News morning show have all dumped on Trudeau’s explanation for why pro-life groups should be excluded from $220 million in federal jobs grants.
The prime minister’s suggestion that pro-life groups were out of line with Canadian society triggered criticism in the country next door — where abortion remains a subject of mainstream political debate and is a central issue in the struggle for control of the U.S. Supreme Court.
“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka. It’s not the first time Trudeau has landed on the radar of the American right.
While he’s drawn fawning profiles in mainstream magazines and polls have suggested he’s relatively well-liked in the U.S., there are three cases now where he’s drawn conservative ire down south, after his praiseful eulogizing of Fidel Castro and the multimillion-dollar legal settlement with Omar Khadr.
The latest controversy involves a new Canadian policy — when applying for federal grants for student jobs, organizations are now required to sign a form attesting that neither their core mission, nor the job being funded, opposes human rights, including reproductive rights.
Pro-life activists are suing the federal government over it. The abortion controversy produced a segment Monday on the morning show “Fox and Friends”. Host Brian Kilmeade said: “What message is he trying to send to us, maybe?” Co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy added: 
“What happens in Canada often comes down to us. This is an effort to silence pro-lifers. … This is a sign of intolerance. If you have a pro-life view you’re not welcome to share it or else you’re kicked out of this program.”
They invited the head of largest American annual pro-life march onto the air to discuss it. Jeanne Mancini, whose annual March for Life is later this week, said she hoped to invite the prime minister to attend the rally.
“Because he will see who’s really out of touch with mainstream America,” Mancini said. “We’ve lost over 60 million Americans to abortion. To the prime minister, I would just really want to talk to him.”
Trudeau discussed the controversy in an interview Monday with The Canadian Press. He said he’s a Catholic who has long had to reconcile his religious beliefs with his responsibilities as a political leader and he said the latter demands that he defend people’s rights.
In this case, he said that means a woman’s right to choose trumps the right to a federal grant. “An organization that has as its stated goal to remove rights from Canadians, to remove the right that women have fought for to determine what happens to their own bodies, is not in line with where the charter (of Rights) is or where the government of Canada is,” Trudeau said Monday.
“Certainly there is no obligation by the government of Canada to fund organizations that are determined to remove rights that have been so long fought for by women.”
Lianne Laurence
“We’re turning Canada into a Nazi state, into a communist state, where if you voice your politically incorrect views, you will be attacked by the forces of the government,” Pawlowski told LifeSiteNew

Police issue Canada-wide arrest warrant
 for Christian accused of LGBT ‘hate’ 
TORONTO, June 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Toronto police have issued a Canada-wide warrant on charges of inciting hatred for a Christian who handed out flyers at the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade warning of the spiritual and biological dangers of sodomy.
Bill Whatcott announced on the Free North America portal he intends to turn himself in to the Calgary police on Friday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. 
Toronto 51 Division is charging Whatcott with the indictable offence of inciting hatred under Section 391 of Canada’s Criminal Code.
“The ‘crime’? My ministry bringing the Gospel and the truth about homosexuality to Toronto’s homosexual pride parade in 2016,” Whatcott wrote on Free North America.
Constable Caroline de Kloet, media relations officer for Toronto Police Service, said the charges arose from a two-year investigation into a complaint the police received in 2016, but that police don’t give out “victim information.”
The Toronto police were in contact the federal attorney general on the case, as is the procedure with hate crimes, she told LifeSiteNews. “It’s not something we lay on a regular basis.” 
Whatcott registered in the 2016 Pride parade under the pseudonym Robert Clinton on behalf of the Gay Zombies Cannabis Consumers Association
Dressed in skin-tight green bodysuits with face masks, Whatcott and five others marched in the parade and handed out 3,000 packages on “Zombie Safe Sex” that included a flyer entitled: “We want you to practice safe sex.”
The two-page pamphlet featured graphic images of anal warts, a mottled corpse described as an “AIDS fatality,” and one of “genital warts in the mouth,” beside a headshot of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 
It excoriated the “homosexual activism” of Trudeau, former Liberal defence minister Bill Graham, and now-outgoing Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and blasted Wynne’s sex-ed curriculum and its connection to former deputy minister of education Ben Levin, convicted in 2015 of three child pornography charges. 
“Canada has embarked on a destructive journey toward sexual anarchy and homosexual inspired oppression,” the pamphlet declared.
“The clear evidence contained in this package shows Canada’s new sexual ethic is contrary to natural law and no good will come of it.”
A month after 2016 Toronto Pride Parade, activist lawyer Douglas Elliott launched a $104 million class action suit against Whatcott and the five unnamed “zombies,” and anyone who aided and abetted them.
“We are going to go after everyone who helped him,” Elliott said at a press conference. “Every person, every church, every non-profit organization, everyone who helped this wicked man promote his hatred is going to be held accountable.” 
That was echoed by the suit’s two named plaintiffs -- former Liberal MPP and openly homosexual George Smitherman, and homosexual bar owner Christopher Hudspeth. 
Hudspeth said the lawsuit would “smoke out” all those who helped Whatcott, and Smitherman said he was “pleased” to “do all we can to stamp this hateful individual out.”
The lawsuit claimed Whatcott’s actions defamed and caused pain to the some 9,000 recipients of the leaflets, 500,000 estimated watchers of the parade, and a subclass of individuals publicly identified as Liberals.
Elliott alleged the 2016 leaflet was similar to four pamphlets critical of homosexuality Whatcott handed out in Saskatchewan in 2000 and 2001. The Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that two of these were hate literature.
Whatcott’s lawyer, Charles Lugosi, argued the lawsuit was an attack on Charter freedoms of speech, thought, expression, religion, and association.
Justice Paul Perell ruled in March 2017 that Elliott could not claim defamation of an entire group, such as the Pride Parade participants or the “LGTBTQ2SI Community,” but only of individuals. 
But he also issued an order that Whatcott disclose the names his fellow half “gay zombies” as well as those of “unidentified financial backers” who funded the group’s expenses. 
The judge ruled knowing these identities was necessary for the homosexual advocates if they decide to go ahead with further legal action. 
Lugosi told LifeSiteNews both parties are appealing Perell’s ruling. The disclosure order against Whatcott will not be enforced during that process.
Meanwhile, the newly formed Canada Anti-Hate Network (CAN) described the criminal hate charges against Whatcott as “welcome” news.
Whatcott “has been a leading figure in the dissemination of homophobic hate propaganda in Canada for years,” CAN’s chair Bernie Farber said in a Monday press release.  
But Canadians should be alarmed at the state’s prosecution of Whatcott for “distributing gospel pamphlets,” says Calgary-based Pastor Art Pawlowski, founder of Street Church, and a friend of Whatcott.
“We’re turning Canada into a Nazi state, into a communist state, where if you voice your politically incorrect views, you will be attacked by the forces of the government,” Pawlowski told LifeSiteNews.
He’s organizing a rally in front of the Calgary Police headquarters, 5111 47 St. N.E. Calgary, for June 22 at 10:00 am, when Whatcott plans to turn himself in.
After his arrest, Toronto Police will fly out to take Whatcott to Toronto to answer to the charges in court, and for a bail hearing, Constable De Kloet told LifeSiteNews.
“It’s our responsibility because it’s our warrant to go and pick them up,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, it involves a flight maybe need a hotel, you’ve got to fly with your gun. It’s very expensive.”
Whatcott echoed this.
“This one’s kind of a shock,” he told LifeSiteNews. “I used to be a real criminal...I know if you knock off a liquor store with a knife, it’s highly unlikely they’d put out a Canada-wide, they’d probably put out a province-wide… they won’t spend the money to go after you.”
Whatcott, who raises money online for his legal battles, hopes he’ll get bail that allows him to return to Alberta, where he has a two-month-old job, and a wife and two children to support.
“One way I look at it is, for them to go this insane, that was obviously a really good flyer,” said Whatcott.
“I don’t think it’s going to go well,” he added. “But for me, it really is about following Christ.” 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

                  Max Solbrekken Crusade Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
the Light of the World
 By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    The Bible says: "He was in the WORLD, and the WORLD was made by Him, and the WORLD knew Him not.  He came unto His own and His own received Him not.  But as many as received him, to him gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."  (John 1:10-12)
     During the Gold Rush, a minor lay dying in a little shack in the hills of California.  A kind Christian lady came to be with him during his last hours on earth.  She read these words from the New Testament: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
     The dying man asked, "Is that in the Bible?"  The woman answered, "Yes it is in the Bible."  He asked, "Is He speaking to me?"  She answered, "Yes, He is speaking to you." 
   The dying man asked, "Did He say anything else?"  The lady answered, “He said: As many as received Him to them gave He the power to become the sons of God." Then, she said softly, “Yes, He is speaking to you.” The dying man answered, "I receive Him. I'm satisfied."
   Then, he closed his eyes and went directly into the loving arms of JESUS.  How powerful and reassuring, indeed, are the inspired life-giving words of the Holy Bible!
   "For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."  What an amazing promise!  Peace flooded his soul and he died knowing that he had been accepted into God's Kingdom.
    God's Word says: "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."
    "To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us Accepted in the Beloved; in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." (Eph. 1:4-6)
                    CHRIST:  GOD'S PASCAL LAMB
   He LOVES us!  He KNOWS about us!  He CARES for us!  He DIED for our sins!  He AROSE from the dead for our justification!  And He will RETURN for us!  The Bible states that Jesus "was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4:25); '
    "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Heb. 9:28)
    Our OFFENCES speaks of the sins of unbelief, pride and treason against our God, Maker, Life-Giver and Saviour.  Our sins nailed Him to the Cross!  He was delivered, meaning: He was arrested, condemned, scourged, crucified and died for our sins!  The Bible teaches the substitutionary (vicarious) Death of Jesus the Messiah, for the sins of the entire world!
    The Bible states: "Therefore being, justified by FAITH we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  For when we were yet without strength (hopeless), in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
    "For more then, being now justified by His BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Romans 5:1, 6; Romans 8:10)
    The hymn writer penned these amazing words: 'O love of God so rich and pure, so measureless and strong.  It shall forevermore endure the saints and angels song.  If you could with ink the ocean fill and were the sky of parchment made and every stock on earth a quill, To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry and could the sky contain the whole would stretch from sky to sky.'
    There are those who believe that God is against us and wants to punish us for our sins.  Nothing is farther from the truth.  The Scripture states: "As I live saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked TURN from his way and live: Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways for why will die....? (Ezekiel 33:11)
    "For I know the thoughts that I have toward you saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (hope and a future).  Then ye shall call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.  And I will be found of you saith the Lord..." (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
     This Scripture holds out hope for us all, even those who have fallen into gross sins.  Israel had sinned by breaking His laws and God judged them with seventy years in Babylonian captivity.  His extended hand of love, mercy and grace reached out to them again letting them know that they were still His people and that if they would call upon His name He was ready to forgive and give them a bright future in Palestine as well as an eternal Home in Heaven!
    St. Peter writes: "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9).  So great was the love of God toward us that He sent His only begotten Son into this wicked, desperately evil WORLD to save us all through the SACRIFICE of Himself!
    His love toward us is incomprehensible, inconceivable and beyond the scope of human understanding!  That God the Son would wrap Himself in human flesh and come down in our midst and offer Himself as a ransom to pay for the sins of the world - past, present and future - to meet the demands of Divine Justice, exceeds the limits of our intelligence!
    The Bible declares: "To wit (that is), that God was in Christ reconciling the WORLD unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation.  For He hath made Him to be SIN (sin offering) for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 19:21)
    The word GRACE means unmerited favor.  We are saved by grace and kept by the power of God through His mercy.  St. Paul stated: "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9) 
     It is by Grace alone, through Faith alone and in Christ alone that we are able to enter God's Kingdom.
    The Gospel is all about JESUS CHRIST and what He has done to redeem sinful and lost humanity.  The mercy, grace and love of God was extended to us in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, "Who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the CROSS, despising the shame and is set down on the right hand of the Majesty on High." (Hebrews 12:2)
    Jesus Christ said: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me." (John 14:6)  "I am the Door; by Me if any man enter in, he shall be Saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.
    There is no other road one may travel, no other way one may go and no other entrance into the Kingdom of God, except through God's Pascal Lamb, Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified on Golgotha nearly 2000 years ago.
     No one else could have filled the role of the God-man, the Jewish Messiah, and no one else could have RISEN from the dead three days later!  He is not only the sole Saviour of the world, but also the King of kings and Lord of lords and the ultimate Judge of all mankind!
    That is GREAT NEWS if you are a believer in Christ, but very scary, indeed, if you know not Christ as personal Saviour and Lord.  St. John makes this definitive, judicially proper and theologically correct statement:
    "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself.  He that believeth not hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the RECORD that God gave of His Son.  And this is the record that God hath given to us Eternal Life, and this LIFE is in His Son.  He that hath the Son hath LIFE, and he that hath NOT the Son of God hath NOT Life." (1 John 5:10-12)
     The Bible states: "The Thief (Satan) cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy.  I am come that they might have LIFE and have it more abundantly.  I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd gives his life for the sheep." (John 10:9-11)
    Saul of Tarsus, a rabid enemy of Jesus of Nazareth and His followers, was apprehended by the RISEN LORD on the Damascus Road.  The encounter was supernatural and life changing as our Lord appeared in a light brighter than the sun, blinding the murderous religious Jewish Enforcer! (Acts 9, 22, 26)
     St. Paul states: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.
     "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is ABOVE every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:5-11)
                        LOVE NOT THE WORLD
    There are three obstacles that impede our ability to receive power with God.  The three giants that must be defeated to experience power with God are the Lust of the Flesh, the Lust of the eyes and the Pride of life!  With God's strength in us we can do it, and we will by His grace!
      St. John issued this directive to the Church: "Love not the WORLD, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the World, the love of the Father is not in him. 
     “For all that is in the World, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the WORLD passes away and lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17)
     Satan used these three temptations to snare EVE in the Garden of Eden.  The LIAR promised that she would not die if she ate the forbidden fruit, but rather become wise.  He accused the Creator of withholding something good from her.  The word devil means: Liar, slanderer, false accuser.
   The DECEIVER convinced her that he was concerned about her well-being.  Satan is still the greatest of all deceivers.  He promises everything but delivers only death!  Eve believed that the fruit which was pleasant to her eyes (lust of the eyes) would be good to eat (lust of the flesh), and it would make her wise (pride of life).
    When Satan, which means Enemy and Adversary, tried his three knock-out punches on our Blessed Lord and Saviour, he was soundly trounced and beaten and had to retreat!  Jesus refuted and finally rebuked him and he had to back off.  WE CAN DO THE SAME!
      St. James stated: "Submit yourselves unto God, RESIST the devil and he will FLEE from you" (James 4:7) and St. Peter warned: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil (LIAR), as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour, whom resist steadfast in the Faith...." (1 Peter 5:8)
    Jesus used the Word of God to stop the devil.  Three times Jesus of Nazareth authoritatively said: "IT IS WRITTEN."  We can do the same!            The Bible states: "The Word of God is quick (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
     The devil confronted JESUS with these words: “If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” (Matthew 4: 3). The Liar knew full well that Jesus of Nazareth was the incarnated Son of God and the Deliverer that the Almighty God had promised would one day crush his head, yet he tried to seduce the very Son of God! (Genesis 3:15)
     The Lust of the flesh was a powerful tool to use on a man who had fasted for forty days and forty nights, but out Lord countered: “IT IS WRITTEN man shall not live by bread alone but by every WORD that proceeds out of the MOUTH of God.” (Matthew 4: 4)
    The LORD told the Devil and everyone else that He believed the Old Testament Scriptures. What a powerful answer! Jesus said two things: Man is a spiritual being and should not be controlled entirely by his flesh and the reason the Holy Scriptures are so powerful is that GOD Himself is their Author.
    The Second Temptation that the Adversary used was the Pride of Life. Again he challenged our Lord’s position as the Son of God, trying to make Him demonstrate the fact that He could cast Himself down and be protected. That would have shown PRIDE. Jesus did not fall for the temptation, but rather quoted the WORD of God: “IT IS WRITTEN again, thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matthew 4: 7)
     Jesus lectured Satan by reminding him that He was the Son of God and deserved worship, and that Satan was only a created being and still under the jurisdiction of the “Lord thy God.” And that he was clearly out of order in tempting Him!
     The Third Temptation is called the Lust of the Eyes.  Satan took Jesus up into a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of this world and the glory of them, saying: “All these things will I give thee if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4: 9). What possessed him to believe that Jesus would fall down and worship such an Evil one? Why did the LIAR think he could seduce the Son of God, Who had created the universe and every living creature?
     PRIDE blinds people and no doubt the Deceiver thought that since he had influenced one third of the angelic host to follow him, he would try it on the very Son of God. He is twisted in his mind and knows no shame! One day he will be cast into the LAKE OF FIRE forever! (Revelation 20:10)
   Jesus, the Perfect and Holy Son of God ordered the devil: “Get thee hence, Satan. IT IS WRITTEN; Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4: 10).
      The Lord commanded the fallen archangel to “Get away from here.” The contest was over and Satan was gone: “Then the devil leaves him and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” (Matthew 4: 11)
    The World had no attraction for the Son of God. He had come to EARTH for one purpose only and that was to SAVE the world! The Plan and Purpose of Redemption had been in the heart of God from before the foundations of the world. (Romans 8:29; Eph. 1: 1 4; 1 Peter 1:20)
    And Jesus of Nazareth, Who was in the bosom of the Father (John 1: 18), knew His great part in the deliverance of lost humanity! (Luke 19:10; John 3:16-17; 18:37; Luke 24:27). He had come to die in our place in order to save us for time and eternity. He stated: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of God be lifted up.” (John 3:14)
     He had witnessed Lucifer’s rebellion and his eviction from Heaven by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel (Revelation 12: 7-14). He had seen him fall to the earth and observed the great carnage that ensued there. (Ezekiel 28:13-17; Isa.14:12-17). He had witnessed the Traitor’s verbal assault on ‘the woman” in the Garden of Eden.
    He knew full well the pain, agony and eternal doom that Lucifer had wrought on the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. And He knew the price He had to pay to meet the demands of DIVINE JUSTICE in order to redeem the sick and suffering and lost and dying of the earthlings. (Luke 24: 25-27; 1 John 3:8)
     The Jewish Messiah would be rejected by His own people and judged by His Heavenly Father, suffer, bleed and die the most humiliating, ignominious and torturous death upon the cursed cross outside the city walls of Jerusalem, and after three days rise again in power and great glory.
    Preaching and healing the sick is necessary for the proclamation of the Gospel. The miracles of healing confirms the message preached. It proves the love of Christ in His kindness and caring Spirit. It is also a witness to the fact that sickness and disease is the result of Adam's fall. It shows everyone that God is still in charge and one day we will be restored again to the perfect form from which Adan fell.
    JESUS had chosen twelve men as His apostles whom He sent out to preach the Gospel and heal the sick and suffering. They returned with glowing reports of great victories that multitudes had received the Good News of the Kingdom of God and that the very same works of healing the sick and casting out of demons had occurred also in the their meetings.
      "And when He had called unto His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease...
     “And as you go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devil: freely ye have received, freely give." (Mark 10:1, 7-8)
    “And they went out, and preached that men should Repent, and they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6: 12-13); “And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the Gospel and healing everywhere.” (Luke 9: 6)
    “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name. And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven.
     “Behold, I give unto you POWER to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the Enemy (Satan): “And NOTHING shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.” (Luke 10: 17-20)
    Jesus stated: "For God so LOVED the WORLD that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:16, 17)
     JESUS stated: "I am the light of the world." (John 8:12); "My Kingdom is not of this world." (John 18:6).  "For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10); "Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends," (John 15:8);
    "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hated you."
    Jesus Christ said: "Remember the word I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.  If they have persecuted Me they will persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep your also.  But all these things will they do for My name's sake, because they know not Him who sent Me.  If I had not come and spoken with them, they had not had sin:  But now they have no cloak for their sin.  He that hates Me hates My Father also.
     "If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father.  But this comes to pass, that the Word might be fulfilled that is written in their Law, they have hated Me without a cause." (John 15:18-25)
    The BIBLE states: "Jesus cried and said, He that believes on Me, believes not on Me but on Him that sent Me.  And he that sees Me sees Him that sent me.  I am come as a LIGHT into the WORLD, that whoever believes on Me should not abide in darkness and if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not, for I came not to judge but the save the world."
    "He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, hath one that judges him.  The Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak.  And I know that His commandment is LIFE EVERLASTING: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak." (John 12:44-50)
    St. Paul wrote: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to Life Everlasting. Now unto the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever.  Amen." (1 Timothy 1:15-16)
     The world is that which is sin and rebellion against God.  To Jesus, the world was the Jewish religious leaders who rejected Him as Messiah and turned others away from the Truth of who He was, even though they had the writings of the prophets and the Holy Scriptures.  He stated: "But woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For ye shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in."  (Matthew 23:13)
     For us, the world is anything that opposes God, Christ and His Gospel.  The great preacher James Denney stated: "If God has really done something in Christ on which the salvation of this world depends, and if He has made it known, then it is a Christian duty to be intolerant of everything which ignores, denies or explains it away."
                   THE FLESH VERSES THE SPIRIT
St. Paul declared: "This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law."
   "Now the works of the flesh are manifest which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (lustful), idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (conflict), emulations (jealousies), wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in the past that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."
   "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: Against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections (passions) and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Galatians 5:16-25)
  St. Paul again exhorts us to holy living and fruit bearing in God's Kingdom: "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are of the Spirit, the thing of the Spirit.  
    "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."
    "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 
    “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God: And if children of God, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we also be glorified together." (Romans 8:5,6,13-17)
                  O’ THE JOY OF LOVING HIM
     In our Gospel Meetings, we love to praise and worship to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. A song that always blesses my soul says: O’ the Joy of knowing Him. O’ the joy of loving Him, and O’ the joy of praising Him, and O’ the joy, joy, joy of serving Him! 
      Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! What an honour to know Jesus Christ as our Lord, Saviour, Healer, Master and God! What a joy it is to serve Him and be led by the blessed Holy Spirit.
     The secret of a joyous Christian life is to fully dedicate ourselves to the Lord in sincerity and humility and to submit to God’s Word in repentance and faith. Through prayer and intercession, we must seek God for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. He will give us the grace to follow the path of righteousness and become living epistles of Christ’s love and mercy!     

Monday, June 4, 2018

Attention: Members of Canadian Parliament: Conservative MP David Anderson has written a report on the state of freedom of religion in Nigeria. - Rev. Max Solbrekken

The Boko Haram terrorist group released 100 girls in March but did not release young Sharibu because of her faith. She refused to renounce her faith when asked to do so by the terrorist group resulting in her detention. It is saddening that she is still in the hands of the terrorist group months later.
Thousands of Christians have died in the course of their faith at the hands of the same group.
No Christian should suffer persecution, discrimination or death for the simple act of professing the Christian faith. I join their sorrow for the lost souls of the unreasonable Boko Haram.
I also ask you, president Buhari, to take a decisive action and end this kind of persecution against innocent Nigerian Christians and help release Sharibu.
The situation for believers in northern Nigeria is dire.
Thousands of Christians have been killed or abducted by Boko Haram, the militant Muslim group in northern Nigeria. This group claims to have established a "caliphate" (Islamic state).
Christians have also been the target of Hausa-Fulani Muslim herdsmen in Nigeria. This group has destroyed hundreds of churches and killed thousands of Christians.
All across the twelve northern states of Nigeria, where Islamic law has been adopted, Christians are frequently discriminated against. Christian villages often lack clean water and health clinics, and Christians are denied access to secondary school and higher education.

In March this year, Boko Haram abducted 105 girls in Dapchi, all of whom they "asked" to convert to Islam.
Out of all the abducted girls, only one schoolgirl - Leah Sharibu - refused to renounce her faith. Boko Haram thus refused to release her after releasing the rest.
Leah Sharibu refused to accept Islam, resisting the entreaties of her classmates to pretend to do so. This her parents learned from a conversation with those who were released.
Leah asked her friends to tell her parents to pray for her, they said.
"Boko Haram did not release my daughter because the young woman refused to abandon her faith to embrace the Muslim religion," said the mother of Sharibu.
The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, pointed out on Twitter the following:
"It is disheartening that one of the girls, Leah Sharibu, remains in captivity (...) We will do everything in our power to recover Leah safely (...) It will not be abandoned." Up to date, there is no news about the young heroine or updates on efforts being made to rescue her. This is very heart wrenching, especially for her mother.
Besides Leah Sharibu, thousands are being massacred and kidnapped by Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsmen due to their faith. We want to see an end to the persecution and murder of those who simply profess faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is time to stop this massacre of Christians! Is it right that thousands are being killed in Nigeria just because they profess Christ? Let's call on the Nigerian president to stop it.
Yours in Christ,
David Cooke and the entire CitizenGO Team
P.S. Jesus said, "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Rev. 2:10). The faithfulness of young Sharibu is truly remarkable. She is a girl of great courage. Let's pray for her and sign the petition to encourage the president of Nigeria to act.
P.P.S. Conservative MP David Anderson has written a report on the state of freedom of religion in Nigeria. It is worth reading: